Chamber Partners on Diversity Programs


The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce will partner with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry to present a four-part webinar series on diversity and inclusion. The Chamber is also a sponsor of an upcoming live event in St. Joseph “Hate Has No Home in St. Joseph.”

Webinar series

Session One – Steps for Implementing a Diversity and Inclusion Strategy (Workshop) with Dr. Nika White

10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, July 14

Dr. Nika White is a national authority and fearless advocate for diversity, inclusion and equity. As an author and award-winning management and leadership consultant across business, government, non-profit and education, Dr. White helps organizations break barriers and integrate diversity into their business frameworks. Dr. White will facilitate the workshop portion of our webinar to help participants understand the importance of establishing diversity and inclusion policy, give easy-to-follow action items for implementation and provide tools to help measure program success.

Session Two – How to Recruit and Retain Diverse Talent (Workshop)

10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 21

Are you concerned about your organization’s ability to attract diverse talent? Are you struggling to retain your diverse workers? Do you believe you are falling short when it comes to leveraging the full potential of all talent? Discover why your organization may not be taking full advantage of all talent AND learn the ways you can solve your diverse talent recruitment and retention challenges with Gloria Carter Hicks.

Session Three – Put to the Test: When You Are Faced with a Workplace Investigation

10 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 28

Now more than ever, employers must be aware of the challenges of workplace equity. If harassment claims arise, employers must be prepared to respond promptly to meet legal obligations and minimize negative impact on employee morale and productivity. Maureen Rouse-Ayoub of Varnum Law LLP will walk participants through a workplace investigation and will provide tips for navigating this sensitive process.

Session Four – Diverse Leadership: Empowering Diverse Leaders in your Organization

10 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4

Nearly 10,000 baby boomers retire from the workforce every day. That wave of change is leaving a void in the leadership ranks of many organizations. How should that void be filled? The key to leading tomorrow’s organizations is taking advantage of all potential leaders. Learn with Yemi Akande of Focus how your organization can make an intentional and systematic plan to recruit and develop diverse leaders and embed critical talent in your business succession plan.

The cost to participate in these webinars is $150 for the whole series for St. Joseph Chamber members and $200 for non-members. Individual session registration is $50 for Chamber members and $65 for non-members. Chamber members will receive a promo code by e-mail. For more information and to register, go to this link:

Live Event

The Chamber is a sponsor of Hate Has No Home in St. Joe, a live event on July 19th at Civic Center Park. Themes include understanding racism and acknowledging its presence in the community, how to take action and how to form a sense of community between people of all backgrounds. For more information, see this flier.